Tuesday, 5 May 2015

After the Crash by Michel Bussi

After the Crash
By Michel Bussi
Published by Orion (12 March 2015)
ISBN: 978-0297871422

Publisher's description
On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk, about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...

My verdict
In After the Crash, a baby is the sole survivor of a plane crash. No one can identify exactly who she is, as all photos and medical records were destroyed. She could belong to one of two families as two babies were known to be on board the flight. A private investigator spends 18 years trying to discover the truth.

Overall I enjoyed the book. The story is certainly original and fascinating. It's a little unbelievable in places, with action scenes, murders, bizarre characters etc., and some questions were left unanswered. However, I just went with the flow, determined to discover the baby's identity.

After the Crash has been translated well, although there's a substantial amount of background information at the beginning to wade through. There are some good twists and turns and the identity of the baby came as a surprise.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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